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Mariam Mekiwi

Breastfeeding stature in space
source: Mariam Mekiwi und Mohamed Gaber

El Markebba El Omm - Mothership

What can emerge from wreckage, leftovers, and errors? EL MARKEBBA EL OMM - MOTHERSHIP imagines a world where a female scientist (OMM) has to eat a man in order for her breasts to produce milk so she can feed the population of the Mothership. Origin: A female scientist (OMM) works in the Museum of Obstetrics and Gynaecology which houses a collection of most rare specimen obtained from her own operations on female bodies. With the help of her colleague and fellow scientist, she embarks on an experiment to create the Mothership and make her own body the ship‘s source of energy. Set in a futuristic space, the story is told in three parts, in filmic episodes orchestrated as a series of rituals. Amalgamated with science fiction, the film’s erotic fantastic narratives are queering epistemology and envisioning a post-patriarchal future.

Mariam Mekiwi (1987) is a filmmaker and film editor from Alexandria, Egypt. She completed her MFA in film at the Hochschule Für Bildende Künste in Hamburg (HfbK) in 2017. Her fiction film ‘Abl Ma Ansa’ premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section in 2018 and was nominated for the First Steps Awards of the German Film Academy in the same year. Her films were screened on festivals such as Film Festival Oberhausen, Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya, Haifa Independent Film Festival and Sharjah Film Platform.